Here is a fine cup and saucer by Worcester that was specially commissioned by a family who wanted a tea or coffee service decorated only with their armorial design and simple gilding. The shape of the cup is one used by the Worcester factory at the very end of the eighteenth century, and a raised arm holding a lizard or reptile is apparently a sign of good luck—or bad luck for the lizard, I suppose. This heraldic device is part of the crest of the Irish family McCarthy, but I’m not a heraldry expert and it could refer to other families in addition to the McCarthys. Perhaps someone can send me more information to verify this. The saucer is five and a half inches across and the set dates to c.1795-1800. It is in perfect condition with no wear. It must have sat on a shelf in the cabinet to be admired but rarely touched.
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